Netflix Released Its Most Watched Shows and Movies of All Time

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What are people watching on Netflix? 

As major studios debate when to put their movies online, streamers are already ahead of the game, scoring massive watch times from global audiences. Netflix leads the way, with hundreds of millions of people spending hundreds of millions of hours watching the shows it produces. But what are they watching?

What Netflix is releasing now are the numbers behind the TV shows and movies that they make in-house—so you won't see any titles that didn't come directly from them. Netflix has released a few lists in the past, but they were just lists of how many people watched at least two minutes of a show or movie.

That felt like it was artificially inflated. I know if I turn something off in two minutes, I don't tell people I watched it. So what did Netflix release? They came with top 10 lists that covered the mass amount of hours something was watched over the first 28 days online. 

Let's check it out. 

What Are the Most Viewed TV Shows on Netflix? 

Here are the Netflix top 10 series by total view hours in the first 28 days: 

  1. Bridgerton, season 1 -- 625 million hours
  2. Money Heist, part 4 -- 619 million hours
  3. Stranger Things 3 -- 582 million hours
  4. The Witcher, season 1 -- 541 million hours
  5. 13 Reasons Why, season 2 -- 496 million hours
  6. 13 Reasons Why, season 1 -- 476 million hours
  7. You, season 2 -- 457 million hours
  8. Stranger Things 2 -- 427 million hours
  9. Money Heist, part 3 -- 426 million hours
  10. Ginny & Georgia, season 1 -- 381 million hours

What Are the Most Viewed Movies on Netflix? 

For movies, here are the Netflix top 10 movies by total view hours in the first 28 days: 

  1. Bird Box -- 282 million hours
  2. Extraction -- 231 million hours
  3. The Irishman -- 215 million hours
  4. Kissing Booth 2 -- 209 million hours
  5. 6 Underground -- 205 million hours
  6. Spenser Confidential -- 197 million hours
  7. Enola Holmes -- 190 million hours
  8. Army of the Dead -- 187 million hours
  9. The Old Guard -- 186 million hours
  10. Murder Mystery -- 170 million hours

What Did We Learn? 

So what can we learn from all of this stuff? The most obvious thing is that longer series and movies will have higher numbers.

Other than that, it's easy to see which titles are popular. If you're at all active on social media, then you know everyone is talking about these titles in the months they debut.

But I wonder if they have staying power. It would be interesting to see where these numbers go a year later.

You can also see that second and third seasons are popular for shows. You hook them, and a lot of people stay. But Netflix also notoriously cancels shows early, usually after two seasons.

What are some of your biggest takeaways here? Let me know in the comments.      

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I knew it! The queens Gambit hype is all fake!
Didn't even crack the top 10 with it's 600 billion views(Or whatever get's reported).

October 4, 2021 at 10:06AM

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Joe Sand
Actor, Writer, Director, Editor
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What about Squid Game?

October 5, 2021 at 7:19AM

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John Spiff
Journalist
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We watched Queens Gambit and Bridgerton then cancelled the service because we got busy with summer. Maybe we'll restart this winter when the days get short and the wind blows cold.

October 7, 2021 at 7:23PM, Edited October 7, 7:24PM

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Dave Palmer
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Viewing figures are probably inflated because everyone has been in locked down with nothing else to do but watch Netflix and other streaming services.

October 8, 2021 at 7:02AM

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Nick Gear
Director
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At no 3 The Irishman has 215 million hours which means at 3.5 hrs runtime it has been watched 61.7 million times as a movie in whole, where as the kissing booth 2 is at no4 with 209 million hours and at a runtime of 2hrs and 14 mins means its been watched 93.5 million times as a movie. Technically it's been watched more times as a movie in whole than the Irishman... I'm not sure if hours is the way to measure this ranking ..people usually tend to watch movies until the end...that's how it works.

October 11, 2021 at 10:56AM, Edited October 11, 10:58AM

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Sherif Francis
Director, Director of Photography, Editor
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What about Squid Game?

October 13, 2021 at 8:07PM

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What is most interesting about this data is that it is unverifiable. This begs the question as to why Netflix decided to release it.

October 14, 2021 at 8:01PM

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Nicholas Buggs
Co-Founder of Bonsai Creative/Co-Host of the MAKE IT Podcast
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